Jay Waverly North is most remembered for his lead role in the CBS sitcom
Dennis the Menace which aired from 1959 to 1963. Jay was picked for the
lead role in the show by Hank Ketcham, creator of the Dennis the Menace
comic strip. Approximately five hundred hopefuls auditioned for the part. 

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Jay North (as Dennis) shown with show co-stars Gloria Henry and
Herbert  Anderson who play his parents, Alice and Henry Mitchell.

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26 Responses to “JAY NORTH IS 60 TODAY”

  1. D R Lee says:

    Jay , you were a natural actor—-nobody could have played Dennis better…I even saw Richie Cunningham on a few episodes…..I still laugh at you on retro TV………….

  2. Dennis says:

    I used to watch Dennis The Menace when I was just about Jay Norh’s age. Being named Dennis, and also a menace the show has always been special to me.

  3. No one else could fill the role of “Dennis” so perfectly. I don’t remember the show as a child, as I was born in August of 1961, but I enjoy watching them today for the first time, and enjoy the show very much. Mariann

  4. Rolando says:

    I watched then and now (2012). You were awesome and the show had a great way of bringing wholesome values to our society. What are you doing now?

  5. Rolando says:

    I was a regular then and now (2012). You were great and the show had a great way of bringing wholesome values to our society. What are you doing now?

  6. MARIE says:

    wow we all get older hey how are ya?

  7. lassiter ward says:

    jay did you do red chief

  8. kari amundson says:

    You were the PERFECT Dennis the menance.
    I still love the show,it makes me feel good.

  9. I watch Dinnis every night just before going to bed, the laughter and family fun of the cast and show takes away the strians of the day for me. I love you so much. What a cute little boy you were and a handsome man you became. Wish you’d ome to Facwebook so we could keep in touch. Hugs Judy

  10. rick daly says:

    Jay , Did you ever find your father ? Do you ever miss the place you were a young boy at ? Do you wish Hollywood was like it used to be in the 50s ? I loved the valley and its gone !

  11. I loved the show when I was a kid. And watch it now even as an adult. great. Keeps me young at heart.

  12. My favorite line for Dennis was, “gee Mr. Wilson

  13. Connie says:

    Jay – I loved watching Dennis the Menace. I must say however, that this evening as I watched a “grown-up Jay on The Teacher, I was impressed. This is the only other show I’ve ever seen you in and I really enjoyed it. I hope and pray that you have found happiness and peace in your life.

  14. Mike says:

    Although always getting into trouble, his innocence brought people together. I still remember seeing the inside of Jay North’s home and his bedroom as a kid.
    It was a thrill. The world needs more imagination.

  15. Anna says:

    I think your still cute today just as you were back then. Im glad you were able to find help regarding the abuse you endured.

  16. Barry says:

    to be a part of so many childhood memories, omg

  17. Moni says:

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Mr. Jay North!!!
    You filled my partially abusive childhood with such great laughter. You made me laugh so…, by me living a virtual reality through your T.V show Dennis the Menace. Happy Birthday Jay and we hope you have many more Happy Birthdays to come… as you certainly have lead a very interesting life, still now to this very day.

  18. susan says:

    Just watched Maya. It’s still a great movie! Good job!

  19. Christine says:

    I think he was the best. Better the leave it to beaver. As of today march 24,2014. I am still watching the show. I am 58 yrs. old. And still is enjoying the show. I love when he’s says HAY MR. WILSON. THANKS

  20. Joe Caldwell says:

    A happy belated, Mr. North. I too can relate to much that has been posted here in my thoughts of you, your work and the joy it has brought me, in good and bad times. Focus on the good, my friend and know that you are truly appreciated!

  21. JLeslie says:

    Happy late, apparently Birthday Jay! It’s now April 12th — 2014. Oh well; a Late birthday wish is better than none at all! I used to watch you all the time as a kid. I will be 60 myself — this coming November. And, I swear, — “I” would say a lot of things you would say — before you said them, that is, on you Dennis the Menace show. Seems like the writers must’ve been honing in on “my” life! Glad you’re well and kicking!! Sock it to’em!!

  22. theresa says:

    i love dennis the mennace hwat a great show it is i still watch him on tv chanel 114 on antena tv

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